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October 7, 2007 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
VIOLIN, piano, flute, cello, harp -- the stars of the orchestra, sexy and ethereal, are known for their virtuosic solo flights. The timpani? Not so much. These sizable, low-register kettledrums are usually the support players in the back, heard to be sure, but not much seen. So why will 14 of the copper-bellied big boys receive top billing at the Pasadena Symphony's concert Saturday in the Pasadena Civic Auditorium?
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October 7, 2007 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
VIOLIN, piano, flute, cello, harp -- the stars of the orchestra, sexy and ethereal, are known for their virtuosic solo flights. The timpani? Not so much. These sizable, low-register kettledrums are usually the support players in the back, heard to be sure, but not much seen. So why will 14 of the copper-bellied big boys receive top billing at the Pasadena Symphony's concert Saturday in the Pasadena Civic Auditorium?
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June 3, 2001 | JOHN HENKEN, John Henken is a frequent contributor to Calendar
The phrase on percussion virtuoso Jonathan Haas' Web site about his "25-year quest to establish the timpani as a solo instrument" sounds like something out of the captain's log on "Star Trek." Certainly the idea could seem like science-fiction to the average concert-goer. But Haas' quixotic quest has been astonishingly productive. The latest leg of the journey has seen the commissioning and completion of a Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra by Philip Glass.
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June 3, 2001 | JOHN HENKEN, John Henken is a frequent contributor to Calendar
The phrase on percussion virtuoso Jonathan Haas' Web site about his "25-year quest to establish the timpani as a solo instrument" sounds like something out of the captain's log on "Star Trek." Certainly the idea could seem like science-fiction to the average concert-goer. But Haas' quixotic quest has been astonishingly productive. The latest leg of the journey has seen the commissioning and completion of a Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra by Philip Glass.
SCIENCE
March 29, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago says it will return the bones of about 160 native Haida people who lived off the coast of British Columbia. Archeologist Jonathan Haas called the excavation an example of "science run amok," and said the bones should not have been disturbed. The Field Museum's remains, mostly skulls, were dug up during an expedition to the Queen Charlotte Islands in the early 1900s.
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January 13, 2001
The first event of a four-part series titled "Classical Conversations--Behind the Scenes With Jorge Mester and the Pasadena Symphony" will take place Friday at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena at 695 E. Colorado Blvd. The 4:30 p.m. event will feature Mester, the Pasadena Symphony's music director, along with violinist Jennifer Frautschi.
SCIENCE
April 19, 2003 | Rosie Mestel, Times Staff Writer
Archeologists have discovered a 4,000-year-old image of the ancient South American Staff God, significantly pushing back the earliest known date of Andean religion. The image was carved and painted on a gourd fragment dated to 2250 BC, according to a report in the latest issue of the magazine Archaeology by Jonathan Haas of Chicago's Field Museum, Winifred Creamer of Northern Illinois University and Alvaro Ruiz, co-director of Peru's Proyecto Arqueologico Norte Chico.
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May 31, 2000
Jorge Mester will conduct all eight concerts of the Pasadena Symphony's 2000-01 season, beginning Oct. 21, when 13-year-old Japanese violinist Mayuko Kamio makes her U.S. debut playing the Violin Concerto No. 5 by Vieuxtemps. Also on that program is Shostakovich's Symphony No. 4. Peter Schickele will attend the world premiere of his Cello Concerto, subtitled "In Memoriam F.D.R.," at the orchestra's Nov.
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April 27, 2003 | Mark Swed; Richard S. Ginell; Josef Woodard
Hovhaness: Concerto No. 7 for Orchestra, Symphony No. 15 ("Silver Pilgrimage"), Magnificat Louisville Orchestra; University of Louisville Choir; Robert S. Whitney, cond. (First Edition Music) *** 1/2 Hovhaness: Symphony No. 2 ("Mysterious Mountain"), Symphony No. 50 ("Mount St. Helens"), Symphony No. 66 ("Hymn to Glacier Peak"); "Storm on Mount Wildcat" Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; Gerard Schwarz, cond. (Telarc) *** Hovhaness: Cello Concerto, Symphony No.
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October 15, 2007 | Richard S. Ginell, Special to The Times
The Pasadena Symphony began its 80th season Saturday night -- and usually such round-numbered milestones are observed with monumental symphonic gestures, often with chorus in hand. But maestro Jorge Mester, who is known to have a mischievous sense of humor, had other refreshingly irreverent ideas for the opening concert of his 23rd season in Pasadena.
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December 19, 2004 | Chris Pasles; Daniel Cariaga; Mark Swed; Richard S. Ginell
Leon Fleisher: "Two Hands" Leon Fleisher, piano (Vanguard Classics) **** In the 76-year-old pianist's first two-handed solo recital in 40 years, Fleisher -- affected since 1964 by the hand cramping known as focal dystonia -- displays complete mastery of musicality and technique in important works of the repertory. He uncovers all the profundity, delight, subtlety, whimsy and serenity in Schubert's final and greatest sonata, the one in B-flat, D.
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November 20, 1993 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While museums across the country rushed to meet a deadlinethis week for cataloguing Native American artifacts, the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art was able to look ahead to the next step. Under 1990's Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, museums must send summaries of sacred objects to tribes represented in their collections. The tribes must then strike some sort of agreement with the museums on what they will get back. More than 750 tribes are expected to be affected.
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